Common Questions

Where can I find out about benefits for seniors?

There are government benefits and services to help you when you are a senior (age 60 or older). The resources below will help you understand what is available, whether or not you qualify, how you can apply, and how to deal with a decision you don’t agree with. You may also contact a seniors counselor to help you understand what benefits and services are available to you.

Good starting points include:

  • When I'm 64: Benefits, from People's Law School, provides an overview of benefits available to seniors.
  • When I'm 64: Services, from People's Law School, provides an overview of services available to seniors in the areas of health care, housing, transportation, and recreation, and how to contact them.
  • BC Seniors' Guide, from the provincial government, has a list of provincial and federal programs for seniors and a directory of resources and service providers.
  • Benefits Finder, from the federal government, is an online tool that helps you make a customized list of Canada-wide and province-specific programs and services.
  • Senior Law and Elder Abuse, from Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, covers old age security and other income assistance available for seniors.

Need more help?

  • Justice Access Centre, from the provincial government, can help assess what you need, provide information about your legal and related issues and refer you to the services that are available for your situation.
  • Find an Advocate, from PovNet, provides a list of community advocates who may be able to provide information or assistance regarding your rights and government benefits.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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Last reviewed April 2017
seniors’ benefits, pensions, Old Age Security, Canadian Pension Plan (CPP)